Partnership Agreements with Research Institutions


Kyoto University Museum

On February 27, 2017, Rakuhoku High School and attached junior high school signed a basic agreement on education and research cooperation with the Kyoto University Museum. Since then, we have actively engaged in human and intellectual exchanges, and we are planning to promote scientific exploration, research, and development. The contract is for a period of five years until the end of March 2022. Professor Hidetoshi Nagamasu, Professor of the Kyoto University Museum, has been appointed as an academic advisor to Rakuhoku.

National Institute for the Humanities & Research Institute for Humanity and Nature

On September 1, 2016, we concluded an agreement on basic matters concerning educational cooperation with the NIHU research institute for Humanity and Nature. From now on, we will actively conduct human and intellectual exchanges and plan further promotion of environmental education and research and development.

School Emblem


Our school emblem was chosen through public suggestions submitted to the school in 1955. The chosen emblem is based on the character "north", the hoku in Rakuhoku. The inventor is Mr. Eiji Shibatsuji, a member of one of the first graduating classes at Rakuhoku. The prototype was a three-dimensional shape reformed to be used as a badge.


Integrated Middle and High School Education


History Leading to Rakuhoku's Integrated Middle and High School Education

Rakuhoku High School was opened as a Kyoto prefectural Junior High School in December 1870. It is the oldest junior high school in Japan.
Later, it was renamed Kyoto Prefectural Kyoto Daiichi Junior High School. In April 1954, it was again renamed to the current Kyoto Prefectural Rakuhoku High School.
During this time, Rakuhoku has produced many notable figures, beginning with two Nobel Prize winners, Hideki Yukawa and Shin-ichiro Tomonaga. One after another we have sent out prominent figures who take on leadership roles in various fields.
Most recently, in April 2004, we gained an attached junior high school and have since started to engrave a new history of integrated middle and high school education.

The Aim of Rakuhoku High School's Integrated Mid-to-High Education

Based on long history and tradition, the aims of consistent middle and high school education are to cultivate the students' ability to fulfill their lives, to enrich each individual's sensitivity, to develop individuality and to foster talent through 6 years of consistent education. The young people who are living in 21st century society will be required to act on their own initiative. It is necessary for them to have deep insight and be able to see the essence of things. They will need a sharp logical thinking and problem solving skills as well as rich creativity to open up the future. At Rakuhoku, we set up a curriculum for acquiring these skills. As always, Rakuhoku faculty and staff will continue working with full power.

Philosophy of Mid-to-High Education

Educational goal
Training students to have high intelligence, developing a rich sensitivity towards humanity, and giving them a strong will to open up the future.
The Strength We Want to Raise
Deep insight, logical thinking ability, rich creativity
The Student Image We Strive for
Students who have great aspirations to fly out into the world.
Students who are intellectually balanced and courteous.
Students with strong minds.
Acquiring the basic skills of natural science will allow students to take the initiative and lead in the 21st century, no matter what field they choose after graduation. Students will be familiar with natural science in the continuing education for 6 years and deepen their understanding of scientific ways of thinking and their ways of learning.
For this reason, we have made the basic concept of Mid-High School Education "SCIENCE". Following this concept, we will develop distinctive educational activities.

Educational Objective・ Educational Policy


1 Educational Objective

Fostering self-confidence, creativity and independence in students.

2 Educational Policy

Attached Junior High School
(1) We aim for enhancement and improvement of academic ability and growth of personality via thorough fundamentals and strong foundations.
(2) To foster interests and a desire to learn, and to develop self-motivation and self-awareness.
(3) To help students realize their abilities and aptitudes, interests, and nurture their ability to select their own paths on their own initiative.
(4) To develop skills and abilities that can allow students to correctly understand human rights issues and solve problems.
(5) To foster favorable human relationships and establish a self-disciplined life.
(6) To develop qualities and abilities that aid in the development of broad perspectives and life with people of different cultures.
High School
(1) To aim for the improvement of academic ability and individual growth in addition to striving for strong foundations.
(2) To realize our individual student's career hopes and dreams.
(3) To raise awareness of human rights and to develop practical attitudes which show respect for oneself and others.
(4) To help students acquire disciplined and responsible attitudes while cultivating a voluntary spirit.
(5) To develop the qualities and behavioral abilities to live in an international society.
(6) To develop the ability and attitude to learn throughout life.

Message from Principal


Mr. Koichi
Principal of Rakuhoku Senior High School and its attached Junior High School

In Japan, another beautiful season has come, when the cherry blossoms are soon to be in full bloom.
I have been assigned as Principal to Rakuhoku Senior High School and the Junior High School Attached to Rakuhoku Senior High School today, succeeding the former principal Mr. Akinori MAEKAWA.
Rakuhoku High School opened in 1870 as Kyoto Prefectural Junior High School, the first junior high school in Japan. It has a long history, 147 years old this year, and a rich tradition. Our school motto is "Practice decorum, accomplish your academic goals, and love nature." Under the motto, Rakuhoku has produced a large number of accomplished people, including Nobel Prize winners, Hideki YUKAWA and Shin-ichiro TOMONAGA. In 2004, the Junior High School Attached to Rakuhoku Senior High School opened and the first six-year educational program from junior through senior high school among Kyoto Prefectural schools was established; Rakuhoku became the first public school built in Kyoto Prefecture to offer a systematic and integrated high-level continuous education from junior through senior high school.
Rakuhoku High School has three courses, the Liberal Arts and Science (Bun-ri) course, the Comprehensive Sport course, and the Unified Lower and Upper Secondary course. These courses cultivate students, making the most use of their characteristics, and aim to produce leaders in society. The school was designated as a Super Science High School by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 2004. Since then, we have especially emphasized scientific subjects.
Rakuhoku High School is very energetic. A lot of students are working on their studies, club activities and sports. Our graduates have also achieved magnificent results toward advancing higher education. These results are, of course, the results of students' efforts, but at the same time, they are based on a lot of support and cooperation of parents, people in the community, graduates and those who support Rakuhoku, as well as the Rakuhoku education system.
It is said that the state of the world and its values are rapidly changing and the future is unclear. In such a situation, it is our mission to educate and cultivate students who hold the future of the world in their hands. We are ready to perform in order to meet the expectations of the graduates and citizens of Kyoto Prefecture. We are dedicated to nurturing our students on the cornerstone of tradition and creativity.
Thank you for your support and cooperation.

April 1, 2017
Principal of Rakuhoku Senior High School & The Junior High School Attached to Rakuhoku Senior High School

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